Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay were without electrical power, Sunday

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Parts of Chile and southern Brazil experienced outages as well. The trains halted, subway services were no longer running. “Everything came to a halt. Elevators, water pumps, everything, “a resident in the affected area told to media. The combined population of Argentina and Uruguay is about 48 million people. People in parts of Argentina were preparing to go to the polls for local elections. Elections have been delayed in several regional provinces. One of Argentina’s biggest water companies, Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos, warned those without power to conserve water. “This is the first time something like this has happened across the entire country,” a spokeswoman for the electricity supply company Edesur said.

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The exact cause of the blackout has not been determined but it’s supposed that a massive failure in the electrical interconnection system occurred. Argentine President Mauricio Macri said power had been restored to over 50% of clients, but for many customers, restoring electricity will take all day, a utility distributor said Sunday. Two airports were operating on generators in the capital.

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